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Late onset bloodstream infections in a tertiary neonatal intensive care unit
  1. N Gupta1,
  2. D C Crockett1,
  3. M Anthony1,
  4. D P Webster2,3
  1. 1Department of Neonatology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK
  2. 2Department of Microbiology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK
  3. 3Department of Medicine, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton, UK
  1. Correspondence to N Gupta, Department of Neonatology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX39DU, UK; neelam27{at}doctors.org.uk

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We read with interest the article published by Samanta et al1 and report a study of late onset bacteraemia in our tertiary neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Oxford, UK. We conducted a retrospective case–control study in inborn neonates over a 7-year period (2002–2009) of bacteraemia (coagulase-negative Staphylococci excluded). Our analysis was restricted to low birth weight neonates (<1500 g). Sixty cases of bacteraemia were recorded in 54 neonates and these were matched to controls for gestation and gender (table 1).

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